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Trotwood-Madison City Schools is searching for a new district superintendent. Yesterday, officials held sessions with administrators, high school students, teachers, and community members as part of the district’s search. 

Frank DePalma with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center is assisting in the search. He said the school board is interested in hearing from a variety of community stakeholders.

Gateway Cathedral and Hope churches raised $27,000 to make to provide dinner, $600 giftcards, and toys for families and children attending the Christmas with a Cause: Neighbor to Neighbor banquet.
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It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing hundreds of people across the Miami Valley. 

Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities and assist survivors.

One December event organized by two partnering churches was designed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.

Target Trotwood city council big box closures
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Several races in Trotwood will be decided in the November 5 election.

Incumbent Mayor Mary Ann McDonald faces challenger Yvette Page.

McDonald has been an entrepreneur and business owner for more than thirty-five years. She spent 10 years on the Trotwood City Council before becoming mayor four years ago.

McDonald has received a fair amount of praise from residents for her handling of the city’s recovery efforts following the Memorial Day Tornadoes, which hit Trotwood hard, damaging hundreds of homes and apartments and displacing hundreds of residents. 

Federal law enforcement authorities announced first wave of charges in the ongoing probe in April.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Federal law enforcement officials have unsealed additional fraud charges in an ongoing public corruption investigation. The first wave of charges in the far-reaching probe were announced back in April.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s office charged three people:

For The Dayton Area: What Is The Path Upward?

Sep 16, 2019
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The economic numbers tell a brutal story for the Dayton area going back nearly 50 years. Add an addiction crisis that has claimed 1,000 Montgomery County lives since 2010, tornadoes, racial tension and a mass shooting and one must wonder: Montgomery County, what’s the future?

Ohio news organizations are asking a similar question in community conversations across the state, some in areas that have fared worse, and some better than Montgomery County.

Facebook/Trotwood Foodtown

Following the announcement that the Foodtown grocery store that operated in Trotwood for 40 years is closing, the city’s mayor remains optimistic that another food retailer will step in to fill the gap.

Trotwood Mayor, Mary McDonald, says she was taken by surprise when local grocer, Jim Davis, announced he will close the Trotwood Foodtown store, as well as another store in Tipp City. However, last week she said she understood what motivated Davis’ decision.

National Weather Service Storm Paths
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More than 4,400 Montgomery County properties were damaged in the Memorial Day tornadoes. This is one of the takeaways from a comprehensive new damage survey released Thursday. The survey offers the most up-to-date look at the extent of property damage left by the storm across Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says for the past few weeks his office has been working hard to get an accurate, up-to-date look at how extensive the property damage was from the storms in late May.

Debris is strewn for miles in Celina. The Tornado ripped through numerous streets and cul-de-sacs, and damage is still being accessed by the local government and the Red Cross.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Additional Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers are expected to open Wednesday in Beavercreek and Celina to assist people in Greene and Mercer Counties affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. 

Another is expected to open soon in Eastern Ohio this week as well. 

The centers will be staffed by federal experts from FEMA and the United States Small Business Administration to offer storm survivors assistance with temporary living expenses, uninsured home repairs, and other urgent needs.

Celina Mayor Jeffrey Hazel, Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio First Lady address the media the morning after an EF3 tornado killed one resident and left 40 with uninhabitable homes.
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The 10 Ohio counties impacted by the Memorial Day tornado outbreak are now eligible for federal disaster recovery aid. Dayton-area officials say the FEMA and other funding could play a crucial role in the Miami Valley’s ongoing recovery.

President Donald Trump issued a federal disaster declaration Tuesday, one week after Gov. Mike DeWine formally requested it.

The declaration means affected Ohioans are now eligible for aid through FEMA’s individual assistance, hazard mitigation, and disaster legal services programs.

A standing-room crowd attended the Trotwood State of the City address Monday night.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Miami Valley officials are still awaiting word on whether the White House will issue an official disaster declaration for communities recovering from the Memorial Day tornadoes.

The designation would allow FEMA aid and other federal disaster assistance from agencies, including the United States Small Business Administration, to begin flowing to the 10 Ohio counties affected by the storm.

Among the hardest hit areas was Trotwood, where hundreds of properties remain damaged.

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